A small stable of older vehicles

21 Sep 2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Barry Gomm (Member #15)


Certainly a small stable but it's also very stable.

The 1921 Morris was found as a total wreck in 1964. The owner was sick and tired of people answering his ad. only to find a wrecked Bullnose Morris fitted with a damaged square radiator , non-original engine and what remained of home-built utility body. If they had looked in the utility tray they would have seen the original radiator with just a dent in the shell and the core intact. Further, if the owner had shown them the original Hotchkiss motor up in a back paddock hidden in a blackberry bush and under a sheet of iron they would have bought the car immediately as I did. Morris had Hotchkiss build motors for him after WW1 up to 1923. Damage to the motor consisted mainly of seized cast iron pistons because the motor was sitting on bare earth without the sump. Sleeving the bores allowed the original pistons to be saved. After restoration the Morris gained the Warriner trophy in the second year of its awarding. The longest trip the car has done was taking the long way around the coast to Sydney then across to Mudgee in 1998 to attend the gathering of all Morris Register clubs. The only attention the engine needed was an adjustment to the make-and-break points. Out of all the cars I've owned, both 'antique' and modern, the Morris stands out as the most reliable.


I've owned the Aries since 1958 having driven it home after spending 12 months convincing the owner that his price of 20 Pounds to cover the value in the 'scrap brass' was not 'taking a young chap down'. Due to parental objection it was actually parked in a friend's backyard on the night a group of young enthusiasts met in his home and gave birth to the Vintage Drivers Club. The Aries came home a week later upon my parents accepting, if only for the sake of peace, having to take the everyday car out of the garage to make way for 'an old bomb'. With little information available on the marque at the time it was officially dated as 'no later than 1909'.

 



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